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itl-art-of-self-portraitsIn April 2016, core capstone students taking Yvonne Widenor’s FAH481, “The Art of the Selfie: Self Portraits: A Critical Survey” enjoyed a visit to view and learned about self-portraits from the print collection at the Albright-Knox Art Gallery. Students examined photographs by Cindy Sherman and Ellen Carey and lithographs by Kathë Kollwitz, Oskar Kokoschka, Paul Cézanne and Max Beckmann.

Judy Walsh, PhD, professor of art conservation at Buffalo State College, discussed the processes used to create lithographs, and pointed out the different types of paper and effects each artist used. Due to the fragile nature of these works on paper, they are rarely exhibited and it was a privilege to study them up close. This allowed Walsh to complement class discussions about the myriad of approaches taken by artists to create self-portraits and their functions within the social and cultural contexts from antiquity to the contemporary moment.

Submitted by: Sara Morris, PhD, associate vice president, academic affairs